|Kindergarten students Casey |
and David check decorations
on tree for Open M
“Collecting needed items for the disadvantaged really helps put a face on poverty for the youth.” said Dottie Achmoody, CEO of Open M. “Doing such a kind deed is a win/win situation, the children giving receive a blessing as well as the children on the receiving end. This is a unique way for St. Paul’s youth to share Christ’s love. Thank you for your kindness and the joy you bring to others through giving of yourselves. Thank you for your willingness to encourage others. Many Blessings”
OPEN M, founded in 1968, is a non-profit ministry quietly meeting the challenges of life in Akron and expanded services for all of Summit County. Open M serves the needs of individuals by focusing on: health care through a free medical dental, eye clinic; nutrition through numerous food programs; moving families out of poverty through Family Development programs; education, mentoring, teaching, and recreation through after-school programs.
The ministry has grown to include more than 100 churches and businesses in the community. It is unique in that it charges no fees for services and is not an administrator of government contracts. Most of the work is done by 700 volunteers with tools provided by charitable donations such as those from St. Paul students.